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Rural short breaks (2913)

Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.



Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.



If you have a long weekend to spare, hop over the water to an Irish country cottage or try Scotland for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the mountains and Highlands. Alternatively, you could follow the Spanish sunshine and hide away in a stylish Galician converted barn, or head to sun-baked Cyprus and choose a poolside apartment in Paphos.

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Hautes-Alpes / Embrun

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ski

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from £77 / night

£577 - £916 / week

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from £77 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Instow

Bideford / Instow

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
ROSEMARY COTTAGE - Westleigh, North Devon Coast Get away from all of the stresses of modern life to the wonderful peace and tranquility of the picture postcard village of Westleigh, near Instow, Bideford. Set in the rolling Devon hills with views of the Torridge Estuar  …see more

from £125 / night

£775 - £1390 / week

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from £125 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Faro District / Rogil

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Very nice place to stay with a friendly and warm welcome!” Very nice place to stay! Enough things to do, see and visit in the area. The hosts were very helpful with telling us which places we should visit and how to get there. Breakfast was good.  …see more

from £40 / night

£272 - £505 / week

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from £40 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Finalpia

Finale Ligure / Finalpia

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
Ampio trilocale situato a Finalpia (Finale Ligure) vicinissimo alla spiaggia (50 metri!), composto da 2 camere da letto, cucina, bagno e uno spazioso corridoio per un totale di circa 80 metri quadrati. Ogni camera da letto ha un letto matrimoniale e uno singolo. Cucina  …see more

from £51 / night

£306 - £382 / week

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from £51 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Poppi

Province of Arezzo / Poppi

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 160 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Perfect view” Very nice Location on the top of a small hill. Very friendly and responsive Family. Fantastic house for two families. We were 4 adults and 4 children. We only used 4 of the 5 bedrooms. Many different outside Areas suitable for all tim  …see more

from £146 / night

£1017 - £2373 / week

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from £146 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Vernet-Les-Bains

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vernet-Les-Bains

4 6 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Great village house” 4 of us stayed for a wedding. The house was just what we wanted - comfortable and lovely views. The extra relaxation space, compared to an hotel room, was very welcome and the house had all the facilities we needed.  …see more

from £56 / night

£370 - £550 / week

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from £56 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Studio rental in Porto de Mos with swimming pool

Lagos / Porto de Mos

Studio 3 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
beach, sea, ocean, golf, water sports, Portugal, Algarve, vacation, praia, vista mar, oceano, golf, desportos aquaticos, Portugal, Algarve, férias  …see more

from £26 / night

£170 - £509 / week

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from £26 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Apartment letting in Finikounda

Pylos-Nestor / Finikounda

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“"very relaxing and calm holiday with a beautiful view from the balcony"” I would definitely recomend it. The hosts are very friendly and helpful and always willing to talk. If we were to visit Peloponese again we would stay in that place for sure. The  …see more

from £34 / night

£238 - £509 / week

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from £34 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Praiano

Amalfi Coast / Praiano

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Authentic, spacious, clean apartment with a view” We stayed here in September and really enjoyed our time here. Praiano was the perfect location for us, much quieter and more authentic than the larger towns of Positano and Amalfi. The apartment was of  …see more

from £65 / night

£400 - £930 / week

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from £65 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Kas with shared pool

Antalya Province / Kas

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Villa Kekova is one of the 2 parts of Villa Aksel with private sitting area, private outside shower and BBQ, own garden, own fireplace, big shared terrace and 4 x 8 m shared Pool. Air-conditioned. Great Seaview and Sundowns. All rooms air-conditioned / heatable.<br /  …see more

from £51 / night

£356 - £712 / week

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from £51 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Sheeps Head Peninsula

Bantry / Sheeps Head Peninsula

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Pinewood Cottage is a 300 year old traditional cottage which has been totally refurbished and now serves as a cosy and inviting self-catering home. Set just outside the quaint Irish village of Kilcrohane in West Cork, the cottage offers stunning views of Dunmanus Bay.  …see more

from £51 / night

£238 - £526 / week

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from £51 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Villalonga

Province of Valencia / Villalonga

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
Ideal for large groups of friends or families, Casa del Che is a mountain paradise with a huge secluded garden and whopping private pool, enjoy peace, tranquillity and pure mountain spring water. Relax in the villa or enjoy life in the nearby Spanish towns and beaches.&  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Casaglia

San Gimignano / Casaglia

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 75 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“An awesome villa in the Tuscan hills” A wonderfully restored church with plenty of character. Privacy with trees and hedges. Fab and accessible pool. Well equipped kitchen. An amazing welcome pack. We cycled from here to San Gimignano and to Monterigg  …see more

from £128 / night

£848 - £1950 / week

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from £128 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Belmullet

Belmullet / Erris

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
An old type cottage with all mod. cons.located on a small farm with sheep and pony as your neighbours. The cottage is located in a quiet rural area high up in the mountains overlooking the sea and valley.It is near Barnatra, Belmullet town, Carrowmore Lake and several s  …see more

from £40 / night

£200 - £400 / week

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from £40 / night

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Holiday apartment in Brela

Split-Dalmatia County / Brela

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
This comfortable apartment located in Gornja Brela, quiet area, not faraway from beautiful beaches of Makarska riviera-only few kilometres. Gratis parking near Brela beach This PENTHOUSE APARTMENT occupies entire 2.floor-size 100m2, .It is suitable for families or  …see more

from £43 / night

£297 - £523 / week

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from £43 / night

(4) Excellent 

28

Holiday villa with swimming pool in Frangokastello

Sfakia / Frangokastello

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
Located on the Southern Crete coast, an untouched area with picturesque scenery, where you will find a small selection of tavernas scattered along the coastline flanked by magnificent sandy beaches. The traditional villages of the area, the long history of the local ven  …see more

from £82 / night

£570 - £1994 / week

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from £82 / night

(11) Excellent 

24

Cottage rental in Carsphairn

Dumfries and Galloway / Carsphairn

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 42 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Stunning location” Great wee cottage in a gorgeous location. Has everything you need for a break away with plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. We visited for the nearby Dark Sky park but found that we didn't need to leave the village f  …see more

from £48 / night

£240 - £410 / week

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from £48 / night

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Holiday bungalow rental

County Cork / Castletownroche

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 48 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
This detached bungalow is set in a large garden in a quiet location, 5 minutes drive from the village of Castletownroche offering shops, butchers, pubs, restaurants. Tennis and angling on site. Golf and mountain biking 10 minutes drive. Guests welcome to visit our farm&  …see more

from £77 / night

£255 - £467 / week

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from £77 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Lozere / Le Pont-de-Montvert

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £33 / night

£212 - £663 / week

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from £33 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Denia holiday apartment rental

Costa Blanca / Denia

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful apartment with everything close by” We stayed at the penthouse apartment in Denia July/ August 2013- my husband and I with our two small children. The swimming pool is huge with children's pool next to it. Beach is a 5 minute stroll away. Su  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £60 / night

(1) Average 

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Ariege / Ax-les-Thermes

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £43 / night

£289 - £568 / week

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from £43 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Colonia de Sant Pere holiday villa rental

Colonia de Sant Pere / Bay of Alcudia

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant!” Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at La Vista villa. The rooftop terrace was simply wonderful, enjoying the beautiful sunset views. Thankyou  …see more

from £95 / night

£595 - £995 / week

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from £95 / night

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Holiday villa with shared pool in Port de Pollenca

Port de Pollenca / Bellresguard

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
First floor apartment in the beautiful Bellresguard complex, located only 100 meters from the beach and at a 10 minutes walk to town center.The private residential complex is sounded by mature well kept gardens and peaceful water streams as well as communal pools an  …see more

from £97 / night

£678 - £1272 / week

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from £97 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Cala Gonone

Dorgali / Cala Gonone

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“excellent stay” lovely part of the wold to visit ; the apartment was really cosy and well furnished . The position is ideal for a quite and relaxing holiday and also very close to all amenities and conforts: shops, restaurants, cafes and the beach is  …see more

from £39 / night

£297 - £441 / week

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from £39 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Frigiliana

Frigiliana / Old town/Moorish quarter

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
Casa en Chorruelo is a 3-bedroom apartment located near the oldest part of Frigiliana. It’s comfortably furnished to the highest standards with modern accommodation over 2 storeys. The apartment has three secluded terraces with stunning views to the sea and the S  …see more

from £35 / night

£225 - £465 / week

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from £35 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Nerja with shared pool

Nerja / Torrecilla Beach

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellent” This is a beautifully furnished well equipped apartment. Well situated 5 minutes walk to the Balcon de Europe and a good choice of supermarkets within easy walking distance. The owner Antonella and her assistant Ettore are friendly and welc  …see more

from £51 / night

£356 / week

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from £51 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Thollon-les-Memises ski chalet to rent.

Haute-Savoie / Thollon-les-Memises

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Ski
Relaxed modern friendly comfortable chalet situated in the Rhone Alps,50 metres from village centre and the cable car. The main ski run back to the village ends at our driveway! Fantastic views of Lake Geneva. Airport and local transfers available by request.  …see more

from £204 / night

£806 - £1484 / week

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from £204 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday riad accommodation

Essaouira / Ancient Medina

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
Spacious, elegant, newly reburbished traditional riad on a quiet street in the heart of the medina. 10 minutes walk from the beach, sea view from upper terrace. Open log fire. Suitable for groups, couples and families. Very friendly and helpful English speaking staff wh  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £840 / week

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from £80 / night

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Holiday villa rental

Castelfranco Piandisco / Pian di Sco

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 140 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
High in the Vallombrosa Mountain range and overlooking the entire Val d'Arno that runs from Florence to Arezzo, Villa Treggiano has been the much loved holiday home of an Italian family living in Florence. Comfortably furnished with rustic furniture and antiques,  …see more

from £183 / night

£1238 - £2064 / week

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from £183 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday b&b rental

Province of Macerata / Tolentino

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
NEW FOR SPRING 2015 SWIMMING POOL, 2 EN-SUITE DOUBLE ROOMS, GAZEBO WITH BBQ AND PIZZA OVENLocated in beautiful rolling hills of Le Marche near the medieval town of Tolentino. With a similar landscape to Tuscany but much lower prices and less crowded venues, Le March  …see more

from £59 / night

£382 - £1314 / week

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from £59 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Province of Palermo / Santa Flavia

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

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from £26 / night

£170 - £356 / week

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from £26 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Fauquembergues

Fauquembergues / Thiembronne

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic stay” Just returned from a lovely week at this fab gite. The owners are so accommodating and welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. The gite was perfect for us, a family of 5. Had list of space, was very clean and tidy and had everything w  …see more

from £50 / night

£320 - £518 / week

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from £50 / night

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Holiday villa in Cefalu

Province of Palermo / Cefalu

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Villa locates in 200 m ONLY from the beautiful beach. 90qm of space consist: kitchen-living room with sofa for 2 sleepers, 2 double bedrooms and single bedroom+1 cradle (cot) bed for children max 6 years old, 2 bathrooms with washing machine, max 8 persons,2 terraces.  …see more

from £50 / night

£345 - £1234 / week

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from £50 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Almunecar

Province of Granada / Almunecar

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great views, marvellous amenities and a very relaxing time” Lets get the negative our of the way first, access is a bit scary (no barriers on the upper streaches of the road), although you do get used to it. Other than that the villa is all that it  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 - £1800 / week

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from £143 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Fiscardo

Cephalonia / Fiscardo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous house, with stoning views over the sea. Absolute top” We had a two weeks family holiday with our adult children and their partners. Arriving at the Villa Fantasia is a breathtaking experience. The house is even more beautiful than pictures on  …see more

from £157 / night

£1094 - £2209 / week

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from £157 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Cumbre del Sol

Province of Alicante / Cumbre del Sol

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“A brilliant villa.” The communication with the owner was efficient and easy. Our requests for our stay were accommodated with no issues at all. The villa was in walking distance to the Pepe La Sal supermarket and a restaurant. The villa has sun al  …see more

from £54 / night

£375 - £675 / week

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from £54 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Drepano holiday villa rental

Patras / Drepano

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Private, quiet location. Private pool and beach just a few minutes away. Close proximity Nafplion, Tolo and archaeological sites of the Argolida & Peloponnese. High quality, traditionally built, well equipped.<br />Our villa has two bedrooms,one double and one  …see more

from £77 / night

£534 / week

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from £77 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Tournon-d'Agenais with swimming pool

Lot-et-Garonne / Tournon-d'Agenais

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Beautifully furnished villa with all home comforts in private secluded quiet location” Beautifully furnished villa with all home comforts in private secluded quiet location with two towns a short distance away with all necessary food shops and restaur  …see more

from £170 / night

£890 / week

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from £170 / night

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Porec holiday apartment rental

Istria / Porec

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
The apartment is unique because is surrounded with nature and peace. In front of the house it has big shared pool which is surrounded with big shared garden. 5 minutes from the apartment walking it's rastaurant serving local and Istrian food and specialities.  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £712 / week

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from £50 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Canterbury / West Stourmouth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Mrs” The cottage is lovely and really homely. There are lots of dvds, games, packs of cards etc for rainy days or evening entertainment. Great fireplace. Easy key collection and drop off, perfect for us.  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £600 / week

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from £80 / night